So, I've been mulling this over for a while now. I've talked before about how blogging really is a group effort and how, without each others support, our blogs just wouldn't exist. We feed off the response we get from other bloggers. I've seen many fledgling bloggers start up their own spaces for spouting their opinions only to have them give up a few months in due to the lack of comments from other bloggers. It's a real shame. Since A Fistful of Films was started, back in 2011, I've been fortunate to see it grow to the point where I have a steady flow of visitors and comments. Sure, it isn't where I'd like it to be, and there are days where the lack of comments depresses me, but I'm in a lot better shape than I was four years ago.
The reason that this blog is still around is because of you, and so today I wanted to thank you and tell you all that I appreciate you. Now, rambling off a list of blogs that I visit or that visit me could take forever and it could be tedious, so I have a contained list of fellow blogs that I'm going to make special mention of, for special reasons, and I really beg you to take a gander at the list and visit these blogs because they work hard and deserve your attention.
I can't tell you how much it hurts to invest in visiting other blogs, leaving comments, lending support and encouragement only to have those bloggers NEVER visit you back, never leave you a comment and basically forget you exist, even when you spend day after day trying to build a blogging relationship with them.
I know of few of those, and I have eventually stopped stopping by.
So, without further ado, I implore you to take a look at the list of incredible blogging voices I have listed below:
First I wanted to start with a few blogs that I'm currently discovering and who have made themselves a real presence here on the blog. Jenna and Allie over at Flick Chicks have a real unique movie blog that I have come to adore. They are two besties who love to talk about ALL KINDS of movies, and they do it in this really cool way, where they each bounce their own opinions off of each other and off of us. I've discovered so many hidden gems through their site, learned some interesting trivia in their monthly wrap ups and grown to love the way the prove that differing opinions really are a treasure. Wendell Ottley, over at Dell on Movies, has become a friend of the blog thanks to a blogathon he did a few months back that I got wind of through a mutual fellow blogger. I checked out his site, fell in love with it, and we've been blogging buddies ever since. He's got such insightful opinions, and his knack for putting together a great blogathon makes following him a must! Speaking of awesome blogathons, John Hitchcock over at Hitchcock's World churns them out like butter! What I love most about my blogging relationship with John is that we don't always see eye to eye about film, but we can respect and honor each other's viewpoints, and that to me is the real reason this blogging community is so special.
I also want to give a special shout out to Birgit over at BB Creations. She has become a real presence here on the blog, commenting on all of my posts, and it is visitors like her that help keep me inspired to keep blogging.
Next, I want to give thanks to a group of bloggers who have lent me a LOT of support over the years, and continue to do so.
Steven over at Surrender to the Void is one of the most spirited and opinionated bloggers working right now, and his constant barrage of detailed and informative reviews are unlike any that I've seen on the web. He dissects everything there is to know about the production of these films and sheds light on who's working in front and behind the camera, which is something that more of us could learn from. He's also one of my favorite visitors, because he never filters himself, and I like someone who is willing to ALWAYS speak their mind. Ruth at Flixchatter is full of goodies, from her Five for the Fifth monthly post to her constant visits to local Film Festivals to her guest posts and love of all things British (or at least those British leading men). She's such a lovely blogger and a visitor I always enjoy seeing show up. And then there is Brittini from Rambling Film. One of my favorite things about Britt is how she highlights such hidden gems on her blog, finding films that no one has heard of and giving them a voice, and she's also probably my favorite person to follow on Twitter right now!
Moving on, I'm going to talk about a special group of people who have lent me some serious support in a very different way. I'm talking about the ever growing 'Twice a Best...' panel. I've hosted two of these Roundtables (well, we're currently still in the middle of the second one) and without the wonderful opinions of these fellow bloggers, this Roundtable wouldn't be what it is. Andrew, over at The Film's the Thing has some of the most cutting, honest and thought provoking opinions on the web, and while he doesn't have the time to blog as much as I wish he would, I thoroughly enjoy getting his emails every Thursday night! Mario, at Two Dollar Cinema, is my homie. Like, I seriously think we were separated at birth, and I hate the fact that we don't live near one another, but every time I'm watching some brainless action flick with my bestie, I drink an extra beer in his honor. His reviews of great and shitty movies are so much fun, and his writing style is all his own. I really wish that Fritz would post more on his site, Fritz and the Oscars! He hasn't posted anything since June, but his site is so full of goodies that it's a great place to dig. He's analysed so many Best Actress races already that his thoughts on our 'Twice a Best Actress' panel are incredible. Oh Sati, what can I say about Sati other than the fact that I absolutely love her passion and her blog, Cinematic Corner. Her hatred of all things Jennifer Lawrence and love of all things Stephen Dillane make for some really fun reading. There is no one in the blogosphere quite like her. Shane Slater over at Film Actually is one of those bloggers who reviews all these movies I've never heard of and makes me so happy to know that there are bloggers out there ready and willing to shed light on films we really need to see. Kevin is a new blogger to me. I met Kevin through his comments on the 'Twice a Best Actor' posts, and I then asked him to be a part of our 'Twice a Best Actress' panel, and I'm so happy that I did. He's presents such a fresh look at these performances, since he's green to most of them, and that adds so much color to the panel. His blog, Speaks in Movie Lines, is also really great. His reviews are astute and his take down of themes is so inspired. And then we have Alex. His blog, And So It Begins, is just effing incredible. From his continuously inspired Top Tens to his actor spotlights to his dissection of directors, he has probably the most prolific film blog I currently follow and is one of my favorite voices on film right now.
Lastly, I want to give a special shout out to two specific bloggers. First, I want to thank Nathaniel Rogers for having an incredible blog. The Film Experience was the film film blog I ever visited, and his prolific take on film, awards and the progression of awards season, not to mention his many series, guest posts and personal awards (yes, it was his Film Bitch Awards that inspired me to create The Fistis) moved me to create my own blogging space. Nathaniel never comes over here. I'm not even sure he knows I really exist (he's commented here twice I think, when I participated on his Hit Me With Your Best Shot series), but it is because of him that I started blogging in the first place.
Second, and honestly even MORE importantly, I want to thank Josh over at The Cinematic Spectacle. Back when I was starting out, I had no one to come visit my blog. I tried to lure in visitors, but no one came. Occasionally I'd get a random comment from someone who never came back, and so I was honestly discouraged and was ignoring the blog, maybe posting once a month. Then Josh came along, told me he loved my blog and started commenting on everything. For the past two years, he's commented on EVERY SINGLE POST. He's joined me in blogging projects, he's pimped my blog on his blog, he's supported me in everything and he's become my closest blogging friend. His blog is amazing, his Oscar thoughts are superior to all, and his reviews are concise and direct. It doesn't hurt that his CinSpec Awards are my second favorite awards doled out anywhere (the first OBVIOUSLY being my own). He's just a great blogger and a great person, and it is really due to him that this blog stuck around and has become what it has become.
So there you have it. I'm done being all sentimental and all that jazz. If I've missed your blog in my shout out or you feel as though you were snubbed, know that I'm sorry. I love so many blogs, but I really wanted to highlight those who have made ME feel special, because this is obviously all about me (you know, since it's my blog). And to the rest of you...VISIT THESE BLOGS! COMMENT ON THEIR POSTS! LET THEM KNOW THEY ARE DOING A GOOD JOB! They deserve it, you deserve it, and if you have a blog and you've been lurking...MAKE YOURSELF KNOWN! COMMENT! Then I'll know you exist, and I can check you out and comment as well.